Who else would have taken the life of L.A. luxury, running the golf course, over the life of Chicago weather, building the eyesore?
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Michael Jordan would agree with me:
The NBA playoffs road is brutal and demands mental toughness. Any team looking for a "breakout" playoff run needs to experience the punishment.
That's why I can't buy into the T'wolves: They might get out of the first round --
(finally) -- but will go no further. And their
No. 1 seed in the West is worthless in the playoffs.
Kevin Garnett, the NBA's regular-season MVP, may have
the skills it takes, but he hasn't experienced
what it takes to make it out of the second round.
The only reason Minnesota will stave off the Nuggets
in the first round is because they have two
players -- Sprewell and Cassell -- who have already
earned playoff cred.
But then KG will watch the playoff-scarred Kings show
him the door -- and show him what it takes to make a
deeper run in the playoffs in the future. Just not
Coming off my worst NCAA picks ever, here's a
crack at the NBA playoff bracket:
First round: Going with chalk.
Sweeping in 4: Pacers
Winning in 5: Spurs, Pistons
In 6: Lakers, Nets, Heat
In 7: Terrified T'wolves
Second round: East holds form with Pacers, Pistons advancing; West goes topsy-turvy: Lakers, Kings each winning in 7.
East finals: Larry Brown too savvy; Rick Carlisle too chokey; Pistons lock up Pacers in 6.
West finals: It's as dramatic as two years ago, with similar result: Lakers over Kings in 7
NBA Finals: L.A. dynasty ends with a title. Lakers in 6.
Yanks at BoSox
Return of the reigning "Best Rivalry in
Sports." There is a single, must-see moment of
this weekend's series that will crystallize the raging
frustration that Red Sox fans have been internalizing
since last October:
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Marlins: Forget HR pop; pitchers have 30-inn shutout going|
Emeka Okafor: No. 1 or 2 NBA draft prospect to declare Fri.
Phillies: Snap 5-game L streak with first W in new ballpark
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Expos: Where's Vladimir? 10 runs scored in nine games!
Kwame: Apprentice runner-up screwed over by Omarosa
When Boston's coulda-woulda-shoulda acquisition
A-Rod steps in to take his first at-bat. He wanted the
pressure? Wow, is he going to get it.
What happened, Predators? Look for my
favorite NHL bandwagon to win Game 6 and force a Game
7 back in Detroit, where they don't seem to be able to
get it done.
Meanwhile: If Nashville is bounced, I'm already
eyeing the Flames (haven't won a playoff series since
winning the '89 Cup). Took a 3-2 lead over Vancouver
with Game 6 back in Calgary, which will be rocking.
MLB in Vegas?
Moving the Expos to Las Vegas is the
second-best thing that could happen to baseball this
season, right behind a Cubs-BoSox World
Don't hold your breath: DC/Northern Virginia still has the
inside track. (Which league really needs a
Vegas team? The NBA, but only if the Maloofs are
Two questions for the ownership
consortium reportedly buying the Phoenix Suns next
(1) What's your plan to woo Kobe Bryant?
(2) Michael Jordan, are you in there?
Is Taurasi the femaLeBron?
On the one hand, she's a better women's player than he
is a men's player; on the other, she'll be mired in
If the WNBA had its older brother's feel for
conspiracy, they would broker a deal to get her on the
New York Liberty or Connecticut Sun. (Saturday, Noon,
Got shelled Thursday (100+ pitches in only 5 IP, 7 ER, 2 HR). Could cry "Done!" but won't: Rain delays eroded normal routine.
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days (and days) of wait between games in a series.
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If it's true that a big sports slate for New York is
good for the entire country, then we're all in for a
good weekend: Yanks-Sox, Nets-Knicks and even Freddy
Adu in town ...
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Definition of "Too little, too late": Court rules that
Martha Burk and Co. were illegally kept from protesting
at Augusta last year ...
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